Who doesn’t like a good cover. In fact, who doesn’t like a good Kate Bush cover (or a good cut-up piece of Kate Bush, remembering Utah Saints something good) for that matter. It’s the sort of pub discussion that men, well men who like music, have in pubs – the best cover of all time. I always find it rather a tricky one, given all the brilliant Motown, Reggae and Punk covers there are about (check out Snuff’s version of magic moments if you need any further convincing of the latter), and I always loved 80’s/90’s indie also-rans Cud (and I can scarcely believe I went with that description of them, given my seemingly undying adoration of them) and their versions of both The Kinks Lola, and better still, Hot Chocolate‘s You sexy thing.
London’s Josh Record (real name, yes) has been making (ahem) a name for himself on the cool singer-songwriter scene, a scene currently so packed that it’s indeed a minor miracle if you are noticed in any way at all. We’ve already written about his ep ‘Bones’, which we liked quite a bit, and he’s followed that up by covering Kate Bush’s classic running up that hill. He’s transported it from a spacey pop song, to a spacey-folky song. His angelic voice at one delicate and emotional in it’s delivery, and his acoustic guitar playing these chiming figures that gives it a whole new feel. There’s much harmonising from a gaggle of singers (is a gaggle the right sort of word) that adds a warmth to the song that the original doesn’t have.
I know I’ve got a new cover up my sleeve next time we get started on the best covers discussion in the pub.
Josh is also going out on tour, kicking off with an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival, you might have heard of it before? What with it being the most iconic music festival in the world, and having The Rolling Stones headlining this year….
29th JUNE – PILTON, GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
30th JUNE – LONDON, HARD ROCK CALLING
03rd JULY – LONDON, WATER RATS
04th JULY – BRISTOL, LOUISIANA
05th JULY – BIRMINGHAM, RAINBOWS
06th JULY – CHELTENHAM, BARN ON THE FARM
12th JULY – STOCKTON, THE GREEN ROOM
13th JULY – NEWCASTLE, THINK TANK
14th JULY – BALADO, T IN THE PARK
17th JULY – LEEDS, NATION OF SHOPKEEPERS (free)
18th JULY – MANCHESTER, CASTLE HOTEL
20th JULY – LONDON, FOLKFEST
21st JULY – SOUTHWOLD, LATITUDE
25th JULY – GUILDFORD, THE BOILEROOM
26th JULY – SOUTHAMPTON, JOINERS
27th JULY – HUNTINGDON, SECRET GARDEN PARTY
10th AUG – NEWQUAY, BOARDMASTERS